Life around the cabin.

July 23, 2021

bath tub frog

It's been hot hot here for the past few weeks. The bears and lots of other critters have the creek to cool off in, but many of the Sierran tree frogs around here don't live by the creek. They stick to the coolest, driest places they can find around …

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Some folks get a little nervous when they hear that we have rattlesnakes here on the mountain. Yes, they are venomous and can do some damage with their bites, but they are also a key predator for rodents, and especially the gophers who love to eat t…

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It's been over 100 degrees most days this week, so we're spending as much time as possible by the swimming hole. One of my best friends is here and he's a fantastic photographer. Chris has taken a bunch of great photos while he's been visiting the …

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June 26, 2021

bumble bees & tiktoks

Bees work so hard, but never seem overwhelmed. I aspire to be more like them; staying busy but also remembering to take time to just be. :) One thing I added to my schedule this week is posting videos to TikTok. When I first found TikTok, it seemed…

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Summer is my favorite season for having visitors up on the mountain. You can be outside almost all the time, and there's no shortage of fun and relaxing things to do, like floating away the afternoon down at the swimming hole. I got to do that this…

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The wildflowers are wrapping up their blooms as we head into summer here on the mountain, but I found this picture I took a few weeks ago that I wanted to share with you. These firecracker flowers, Dichelostemma ida-maia, are native to Northern Cali…

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This was a difficult week for me. Some things I'd been working on didn't go as I'd hoped, and the weight of everything we've all been through these past 18 months just felt a bit crushing. It was hard to escape the frustration and sadness I was feel…

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May 28, 2021

farewell to spring

Clarkia amoena, or farewell to spring, are some of the last flowers to bloom in spring here on the mountain. They seem to love the dry soil, but don't last all that long because of it. Sometimes you'll see whole hillsides covered in them. This is…

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Longer books and more episodes. I created Listen To Sleep Plus for all the folks who wanted a little something extra to help them fall asleep. It includes a second episode every Wednesday where I read 30 minutes to an hour of a longer book, seriall…

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May 14, 2021

red ribbons

Clarkia concinna, or red ribbons, is a Northern California native that can only be found here. Right now, they are popping up near where the innocence is blooming most heavily. Those few acres of shady hillside under the oaks and buckeyes seem to be…

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